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Texas Medal of Arts Awards Recognizes Barbara Conrad, Sarah & Ernest Butler

When The Texas Cultural Trust recognizes its 2011 Texas Medal of Arts Awards this March, it will count among its recipients Sarah and Ernest Butler, and Butler School alumna Barbara Smith Conrad.

Conrad will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award for her work in opera and the civil rights movement. Conrad, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano, earned her Bachelor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin in 1959. Conrad rose to international stardom in the world of opera, performing with The New York Metropolitan Opera for 8 years, and leading roles in opera productions around the globe. In 1985 Texas Exes at The University of Texas at Austin named her a Distinguished Alumna.

Sarah and Ernest Butler will be honored as Patrons of the Art, for their significant contributions such organizations as The Austin Symphony Orchestra, Blanton Museum of Art, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Butler School of Music.

he Texas Medal of Arts Awards—the signature event of the Texas Cultural Trust—spotlights and celebrates the creative excellence, exemplary talents and outstanding contributions by Texans in selected categories, ultimately featuring the best in Texas. The Awards honor citizens who have achieved greatness through their creative talents as well as those whose philanthropic generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards highlights the importance of the arts in our children's education, to the State's economy, and to our proud and special Texas culture. Previous honorees include Willie Nelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Laura W. Bush, Van Cliburn, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Nancy B. Hamon, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Raushcenberg, Clint Black, Nasher Foundation, Lyle Lovett, Austin City Limits, Neiman Marcus and Exxon Mobil.

Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises private dollars statewide to elevate the importance of art education and heighten arts awareness. The Texas Cultural Trust supports the programs of the Texas Commission on the Arts and other qualifying state agencies. In addition to the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, some of the Trust's other programs include the Young Masters Scholarship Program, the Art of Economic Development, Art and Digital Media curriculum for public school students, Adventures in the ARTS children's book, Texas Women for the Arts, Founders for the Arts, and young professionals group: strataTX

The Awards will be presented at their annual Gala on Tuesday, March 1. More information about the awards, inlcuding a complete list of honorees and ticket information can be found on the Texas Cultural Trusts's website.